Shifting demographics poise functional products for growth | 2021-04-09

Will Kreznick

CERRITOS, CALIF. — Functional food ingredients that support better sleep, reduced stress and improved focus are in demand and driving product innovation, according to a new report from T. Hasegawa.

The flavors producer cited research from Lightspeed/Mintel that found nearly 70% of consumers currently use products that feature a functional benefit, and 40% use products with three or more functionalities.

Consumers under 55 are more aware of and use more products that offer functional benefits. At least 4 in 10 use products that touch on three or more benefits, compared to 21% of baby boomers.

Shifting demographics are positioning functional

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This Fast-Food Chain Is Adding Bacon to Its Best-Selling Chicken Sandwich

Will Kreznick

What do you get when you take a good thing and make it even better? The new Checkers&Rally’s chicken sandwich, of course. The chain just announced it’s adding a special kind of bacon to one of its best-selling items: the Mother Cruncher Chicken Sandwich.

The drive-thru burger giant released the beloved sandwich last summer, and it quickly gained popularity because of its “mega crunch” breading and creamy signature Squawk Sauce, which were the two standout elements on this particular contender in the chicken sandwich wars. (RELATED: 7 New Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches Everyone Is Talking About)

And the newest

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IRS Offers Guidance on 100% Business Tax Deduction for Food and Beverages

Will Kreznick

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued Notice 2021-25 providing guidance under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2020. The Act added a temporary exception to the 50% limit on the amount that businesses may deduct for food or beverages. The temporary exception allows a 100% deduction for food or beverages from restaurants.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022, businesses can claim 100% of their food or beverage expenses paid to restaurants as long as the business owner (or an employee of the business) is present when food or beverages are provided and

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How People Across Hawaii Are Creating Spaces To Grow Their Own Food

Will Kreznick

When 15-year-old Hunter Spangler was brainstorming ideas for his Eagle Scout project last fall, he met with Pastor Keith Wolter, who leads the congregation at Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani.

“We were walking around the property and I was telling him how scouts had come by and built fences for us a couple of times,” said Wolter. “But he stopped me and said, ‘Pastor Keith, I don’t want to build a fence. I want to help people.’”

Spangler and Wolter came up with the idea to turn an unused section of the church lawn in front of Wolter’s house into

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10 Trader Joe’s Frozen Foods You Won’t Find Anywhere Else, Ranked

Will Kreznick

We go to our local grocery stores to buy food to eat, plain and simple. We go to Trader Joe’s to buy the foods we gotta have but can’t find anywhere else. The sampling, the comparing, the wine selection, the quirky names — it’s almost a form of recreation.

You can search the produce section for onions and apples and bags of pre-made salads at Trader Joe’s, just like any other grocery chain. And, yup, they’ve got your various cuts of chicken, beef, and fish there, too. But any true TJ’s aficionado will tell you that there are some fire

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